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The mission of the NAFSL is to recruit former state legislators for membership and equip them with the tools and resources necessary to engage and educate elected state legislators, as well as their constituencies, and ensure that these policy drivers are vested with a deepened understanding of the precepts of balanced federalism and state sovereignty, as well as the significance of our republican form of governance.

  • Support, defend and protect the U.S. Constitution and State Constitution

  • Establish (or nurture existing) working relationships with elected state legislators and, with deference, offer our experienced advice and counsel

  • Engage the citizenry with instruction on their civic obligations that are requisite for a true representative form of government to properly function

  • Base our assertions and arguments on the founding documents of our republic and the writings of the Founders

NAFSL Objectives
  • Promote the appropriate balance of federalism and state sovereignty, as defined by our Founders and with reference to the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

  • Inform elected state legislators and their constituencies on the importance of representative governance, and the intent of the "Guarantee Clause" in Article 4, Section 4, of the U.S. Constitution.

  • Foster a dialogue with regard to the history and effect of the 17th Amendment of the United States Constitution on state sovereignty

  • Examine the authority of the several states to call for a Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution, as granted through Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution

  • Discuss the entrenched reliance that states have on national government largess, and the detrimental effect it has on state sovereignty and balanced federalism


The overall strategy of the NAFSL is to educate state legislators and the public on topics and issues affecting state sovereignty through, but not limited to, educational programs and initiatives, conferences, workshops, symposiums, newsletters, research studies, media outreach, and personal contacts.

National Association of Former State Legislators